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A mid-sized city in central Pennsylvania, Altoona once changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania," for two months to promote the city, as well as the film by the same name, by documentarian Morgan Spurlock "Super Size Me!"). The city has over 46,000 residents and its located in the middle of Blair County. Interestingly, it's the only city in the U.S. that imposes no property tax on buildings, but instead on land values only.
Local Newspapers: Altoona Mirror
Local Sports Teams: Altoona Curve (Minor League Baseball)
Local Colleges: Penn State Altoona
Zip Codes associated with altoona, pennsylvania:
16601 16602 16603
Towns/Cities near altoona, pennsylvania : Hollidaysburg Bellwood Tipton Duncansville Tyrone Ebensburg
Magisterial District Judge
Thomas J. Varholik, 30, 313 22nd Ave., Unit 1, Altoona, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance on the 2000 block of East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Antis Township, Sept. 15, 2016.Dance school dispute may end soon
A legal dispute between an Altoona dance school and a former teacher appears headed for a resolution as the teacher has announced that she is no longer teaching in Blair County or surrounding areas. attorney David S. Gaines Jr. said Wednesday on behalf of Blair Dance Academy, which last year sued former part-time teacher Chelsea Moses of Hollidaysburg in Blair County Court.Schmitt seeking 79th District seat
"I've been a legal advocate for over 30 years, representing other people, fighting for other people, being a champion for other people and what I'm going to do is basically the same thing in the state Legislature for the 79th District," "I'm going to go in and use my legal knowledge and background to help draft legislation, to help the people of the 79th District and to help support hopefully a Republican governor to pass public policies that help encourage prosperity and economic development." At Schmitt's candidacy announcement at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, a handful of current and former politicians spoke on behalf of the Republican candidate.Task Force addresses blight
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / The Blight Task Force will focus on buildings like this one at 506-508 Fifth St., Altoona. The city's Blight Task Force is ready to go public.Country star booked for Jaffa
The first Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on Jan. 22 and end on Jan. 30. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers following the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns' chapel. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. every Sunday and the first Friday of every month.Former Altoona resident to appear on Netflix with Jack Black
Courtesy photo / A still from the upcoming movie "The Polka King" shows Altoona native Steve Saive performing alongside Jack Black. With a trumpet pressed to his lips, Steve Saive stands on a stage next to movie star Jack Black as he belts out a tune.Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Wegmans Beer Sales
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld sales of beer at Wegmans supermarkets across the state, potentially opening the door for beer sales at other retailers, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer . In a unanimous decision, the seven justices found that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board properly granted licenses to Wegmans Food Market Inc. to sell beer at eating areas in its stores.City man seeks new trial
An Altoona man who faces a 6- to 12-month prison sentence for possession of cocaine is asking the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to grant him a new trial because, he contends, police found the drug in his possession during an illegal search. The defendant, Olubaya Mudada Mensah Ranger, 36, also complained in a petition filed by his Altoona attorney, Steven P. Passarello, that the prosecution used hearsay evidence to tie him to a drug deal that occurred in October 2015 near a restaurant at Logan Town Centre.COMMENTARY Consumers win when policies encourage fair competition
Sound economic and energy policies protect and help consumers while promoting local job creation.Cold expected to cause issues
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / Altoona Water Authority workers Eric Johnson and Preston Wilson respond to a frozen water main Tuesday along 12th Street in downtown Altoona. More cold-related problems may surface this week as colder air flows down from eastern Canada on the back side of a counter-clockwise-revolving, rapidly intensifying storm system centered off the East Coast.U.S. Mennonite Church Splits Over Homosexuality
The largest conference of Mennonite churches in the U.S. split from the Mennonite community Monday in a dispute over the denomination's stance on homosexuality. The Lancaster Mennonite Conference's 2015 vote to officially leave the U.S. Mennonite Church took effect on New Year's day as the culmination of dispute over the definition of marriage and whether homosexuality is a sin, according to Religion News .Kyle Fobe Becomes WTAJ's News Leader
He is crossing the country for his new job, coming to Altoona from Las Vegas, where he served as dayside executive producer at FOX5/KVVU-TV. WTAJ-TV Vice President and General Manager Phil Dubrow says, "Kyle's ability to attract viewers to local news shows that he understands people and will work hard for us to deliver great content in central Pennsylvania."Rare snowy owl is on the mend after getting freed from Pa. prison44 minutes ago
Maybe it was less than a full-on Christmas miracle, but the saga of a rare snowy owl rescued Monday at a Pennsylvania prison has given the staff and inmates some holiday cheer. Lisa Hollibaugh, assistant to the superintendent at State Correctional Facility Smithfield, near Altoona, said the story began the Friday before Christmas when the owl was first spotted perched atop razor wire on the prison perimeter.GANT Weekend Police Blotter
State police reported a drug-related incident that occurred Dec. 22 on North Front Street in Philipsburg Borough. During the incident, a Philipsburg male was allegedly found in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
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